Accredited to the Energy and Utility Skills Register (EUSR)

Incidents of cable strikes have gone up by 46% since the end of the national coronavirus lockdown, our aim at the academy is to decrease this figure by providing in depth training to the construction and utilities sector.

New research by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) have suggested almost a third of construction workers and energy industry professionals are risking their lives because they fail to check for underground electricity cables whilst digging on site. Every year there are over 60,000 cable strikes while performing excavation works in the UK alone. Our training provision can offer a range of utility detection training at our world-class training facility

Our comprehensive training programme is focused on reducing the risks of utility strikes in the construction and infrastructure industry. Our experienced team of trainers can support any candidate, regardless of their experience, to locate and identify services and any associated risks, whilst developing a good understanding of the latest health, safety and environmental legislations.

Using a blended approach of onsite practical learning and theory in a classroom environment, our courses place a strong emphasis on safety to ensure candidates develop the right skills to keep everyone safe from the risk of a utility strike.

This course can be delivered at the academy or on site if conditions are suitable.

Course Outline

Underground legislation and guidance pertaining to underground services, excavation, construction, and groundworks.

Examples are: HSG47, HSWA 1974, HSG150, CDM 2015, Work at Height Regs 2015, PUWER 1998, Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, EUSMUNC06, EUSMUNC07, COSVR370 and EUSEPUS044


Achievement of the standard demonstrates effective performance, by being able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • Interpret utility drawings and line search documents.
  • Demonstrate usage of cable location devices (Cat & Genny) in order to locate utility services.
  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with carrying out ground survey detection.
  • Accept the limitations of underground utility detection equipment and drawings.
  • Grasp the true costs of utility ‘strikes’ to contractors, stakeholders, and wider society.
  • Distinguish between good and bad practices via increased education in this specialist area.
  • Identify ground/soil types and changeable conditions faced on-site.
  • Carry out or interpret Risk Assessment and Permits to Work
  • Implement safe digging practices through hand digging techniques.

On Completion

Upon successful completion and achievement of this course, learners will be awarded the EUSR Category Combined 1+2 Qualification.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for both new entrants and existing construction and utility sector workers who are carrying out their roles around utilities. This will also benefit managers and supervisors who are required to oversee and/or carry out this type of work.

All attendees are required to provide photographic identification prior to attending the course.

Course Duration

The minimum guided learning hours for a EUSR Categories 1+2 Combined is 9 hours.